View Full Version : [Cooking] Art or Science?
10-28-2011, 08:18 PM
As the tittle ask, how do you feel about cooking?
Do you see it as a form of science in which you reach the desired result by following recipe or coming up with new recipe.
Or do you find it closer to art, in which you freely experiment as you feel like, cooking becoming an expression of yourself.
10-28-2011, 08:20 PM
there's not really science unless if it has to do with taste or cooking method
Desserts are the best meal to be artistic with
10-28-2011, 08:21 PM
Definitely art. I went to CA school, and after that I doubt I could ever see it a different way.
10-28-2011, 08:26 PM
Whatever makes it taste and look good, since both ways can end up in failure. Experienced cooks know what tastes can and can't be mixed, but they are still ready to make different dishes with the knowledge they already have.
10-28-2011, 08:46 PM
Definitely Art, my aunt being a chef and all "tried" to teach me how to cook and her philosophy of cooking was completely different from my cooking teacher last year. My teacher sees is as science in my opinion and that it had to be done in a orderly, carefully precisely timed manner, While my aunt taught in a way that was more... Experimental? Sorta like how ingredients have a special role in everything from texture to the actually color, how they rely and depend on each-other? ugh i cant really explain it @_@
but i can see how someone's views can go either way, but personally the thought of art is more appealing to me :3
To me, it's pretty much both, but leaning more on the part where it's more of an art thing than scientific.
The only scientific thing I see in cooking is really just the correct measurements of ingredients, and usually displacement of water when you gotta measure something, but those lean closer to prior mathematical knowledge.
Any other scientific methods would probably be figuring which can be mixed together and what can't, since some things such as oil, naturally will never mix with anything.
Selection of ingredients and an idea of how you want the end result to look, it's still practically art. Assembling dishes and such is all art, just got to make the things to assemble.
You practically get to be able to decide for yourself of what you do like, since most likely you'd be cooking things you do like, unless it was for someone else. Cooking can be put as an expression of yourself as what you can come up with and what you like, though. x]
Both. You have to actually make sure the foods tastes right and such, which is what I consider as a science.
Art for decorating, and plating your foods, and such.
10-28-2011, 09:05 PM
I think following a recipe is pretty much just a science, but making something new and unheard of is an art.
10-28-2011, 09:19 PM
I honestly think it's both. Science kicks in when figuring out what ingredients do what and how they interact with others. Being able to freely make masterpieces out of almost any combination is very artful.
The way I cook, though, is mostly science and strictly to premade recipes.
10-28-2011, 10:02 PM
I say both. Food is a medium you could use to express your ideas (especially in food plating), but there is a lot of science involved in cooking when you start to realize it (I'm a big fan of the Food Network show Good Eats by the way, which goes into the science of food frequently).
10-29-2011, 02:03 AM
Its a scientific art.
10-31-2011, 10:30 AM
I think cooking is a mix of both. It's a delicate process but lets you show your delicious creativity~
10-31-2011, 10:57 AM
I think it really depends. Some people view it very technical like; the measures, the equations, the exactness of it all.. while others enjoy thinking of it as an art; the plating, the decoration, the skill and the technique.
Me? I view it as both.
10-31-2011, 12:54 PM
Art but with alittle bit of science (get the chemical right for the right flavor)
Who would want to eat a artistic dinner that taste horrible :v?
10-31-2011, 01:01 PM
art. baking too, decorating is my favorite part
10-31-2011, 01:34 PM
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